Still A Mum has launches a wellness Centre to support bereaved parents who have lost their babies through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. The Wellness Center has been made possible throufh a grant from the Facebook Community Leadership Program.
The new center will offer counselling services to parents 7 days a week. The organization has been offering the counselling sessions in the past but only on Saturdays.
The centre will additionally offer counselling services to women suffering postpartum depression, child & adolescent counselling, loss and grief counselling among other services.
The wellness centre is located at Branton Court (Office C2) on Ndemi Lane off Ngong Road and will now offer the following services:
1. Child loss support
Losing a baby is the most devastating experience a parent can have. Parents who have lost a baby at whatever age need all the support they can get.
Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays – Time: 8am to 5pm
Physical Support Groups
Saturdays – 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm
Wednesdays – 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm
2. Loss and Grief Counseling
This caters to those who have faced loss through different forms right from death of a loved one, divorce, employment, property or a relationship.
The sessions will be in the form of individual therapy and will be on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8.00am to 5.00pm.
3. Child and adolescent Counseling
Children need help navigating life and dealing with loss of a loved one, bullying, identity crisis among other common issues.
The sessions will be in the form of individual therapy and will be on Tuesdays from 8.00am to 5.00pm.
4. Postpartum Depression
1 in 7 women suffer postpartum depression. These women can benefit from coming together and finding healing together.
The sessions will be in the form of physical support groups on Thursdays from 3.00pm to 5.30pm.
5. Virtual Counseling Platforms
Still A Mum will continue to offer virtual counseling to the families handling loss of a child that live outside Nairobi. This will be done through phone counseling, WhatsApp Support Groups and chatting on social media platforms.
6. Additional Services
Still A Mum will also offer other services to the community such as:
- Training the Community on the basics of handling loss and grief and how to support those who are grieving.
- Training health practitioners on Respectful Bereavement Care to patients going through loss.
- Training Counselors on the basics of grief and bereavement therapy and psychological debriefing during loss.
- The Mama Zawadi Initiative that seeks to educate pregnant women, new mums and their partners on the basics of pregnancy, labor & delivery and postpartum care.
The centre can be reached via +254 743 708 336 (admin) and +254 719 629 787 or +254 787 331 353 (counseling related matters).
Still A Mum was founded by Wanjiru Kihusa in 2015 with a mission of lowering child deaths and supporting bereaved parent. They have supported over 1500 men and women from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. In 2018, the organization was among 14 that were selected from Kenya to become part of the Facebook Community Leadership Program. The aim of the program was to empower leaders who are building communities around the world. As part of the program, the organizations received training, support and $50,000 funding to advance their work.